I sometimes wish when it snows that I was in the New River Valley, since it seems like the area gets a little more snow than we do here in Roanoke and I love seeing snow. (Having grown up in South Florida, I haven’t seen much of it.) So when it does snow, I always hope we get a lot…until the next day when the snow becomes gray and gross.
Matt Gentry shot beautiful features both times there was snowfall so far this year. Here are my two favorites, simply for their beauty.
Karen Stoll and her two sons, Christopher, 11, and Nicholas, 10, ride in a sleigh pulled by their pony Layla at Walnut Spring Stables just outside the town limits of Blacksburg on Jan. 18, 2013. A winter storm deposited several inches of snow in the area closing schools and affording the excursion. The 1870’s era cutter sled had just recently been fully restored by Karen Stoll’s father, Douglas Nixon of Buffalo N.Y. “I’ve always dreamed of sleighs since I was a little girl” said Karen Stoll of Friday’s dream ride come true. Photos by Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times
Tim Larson of Blacksburg backwards ice skates on a Brown Farm Heritage Park pond in Blacksburg on Jan. 27, 2013. Larson lives near the popular nature trail park, and was delighted to be able to skate on the frozen surface after he observed some hokey players on the pond earlier in the day. Protected from the rays of the sun by evergreen trees, most of ice was over four inches thick estimated Larson, whom grew up skating in South Dakota before eventually moving to Blacksburg. Larson said the last time he skated outdoors in Virginia was at least 3-4 years ago.